An officer with the Rock Island, Illinois Police Department got a ton of online recognition for helping out a fellow Quad Citizen.
This photo, that surfaced on Facebook, applauded the officer, who the department identified as Officer Nichols, for helping push a broken-down electric wheelchair uphill. His amazing good deed took place on 31st Street, where Nichols pushed the woman out of the hot sun and waited for help.
Officer Tyson Nichols says he was just responding to a call about a woman in a wheelchair who needed help.
“She had missed the wrong bus, she needed to get to a doctors appointment and her wheel chair was not functioning,” said Officer Nichols.
Nichols said the woman was trying to catch the Metro Bus and knew he needed to get her up to the top of the hill, closer to the bus stop.
“It kinda comes naturally with the territory as a police officer, you naturally, instinctively do things that you’re supposed to be doing,” said Nichols.
Officer Nichols had no idea someone was watching him that day and took the snapshot with their cellphone, later sending the photo to the Rock Island Police Department.
“It was a nice little feeling, you know, that somebody recognized us and was able to turn it into the police department and give us some positive recognition,” said Nichols.
For Nichols, it was a small token of his time to help someone in need. More than 100 people “liked” the post and several people shared it as well. Just a truly good deed indeed. Sometimes even the best Electric Wheelchair go bad.
Perhaps, if they had an Intellichair, this would not have happened.